The Winter white dwarf hamster, also known as the Russian dwarf hamster, Djungarian hamster, striped dwarf hamster, Siberian hamster or Siberian dwarf hamster, is one of three species of hamster in the genus Phodopus. But for how long does these creatures live for?
Dwarf hamsters, including Djungarian, Chinese, Russian and Roborovski hamsters, have a high level of energy. They are clean and captivating companion animals and they live up to 2 to 3 years with proper care
Siberian hamsters represent a particularly interesting example because, although they do not develop an impressively increased food intake following ghrelin administration, they do exhibit significantly increased foraging and food-hoarding behavior.
P. sungorus (Siberian dwarf). Initially these animals were assumed to be subspecies; however, P. sungorus and P. campbelli are now believed to be separate species. The two may be confused because the common name “Djungarian” is often used to denote either species. The Russian dwarf hamster has been traced to Siberia, China, and Mongolia and is a distant relative of the Syrian hamster.
Also called winter white Russian dwarf hamsters, Siberian hamsters are one of the two types of Russian dwarfs. It is difficult to distinguish between Siberian hamsters and their close cousins, the Campbell's Russian dwarf. Campbell's Russians are more common in the pet trade, and if you bought your hamster at a pet store, chances are that you have a Campbell's Russian dwarf. The best way to make sure that you get a Siberian hamster is to buy your pet from a professional breeder
Siberian hamsters are social animals that are happiest when kept in pairs or groups. Make sure your hamsters all are of the same sex to prevent a population explosion. Dwarf hamsters have a reputation for being nippy and hard to hand-tame, but Siberians are easier to handle than most dwarfs. With patience and daily interaction, you'll soon have a pet that will enjoy your company and stand up on his hind legs to greet you when you approach the cage. These lively, active little hamsters have no fear of jumping out of your hand, so hold them gently but securely.